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>> thank you. >> all right. that is "all in" for this evening. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, chris. >> happy monday. we've got lots coming up on tonight's show, including a big deal that is about to happen tomorrow in kansas. it's a story with big, narc political implications. there's more news tonight about the football league, the nfl and its domestic violence by its players. there's more to report about whether the league, itself, has been trying to cover up its problem with that subject. a year after tonight, new jersey governor chris christie has gotten himself into another totally unrelated scandal that involves not only himself but also another republican, would-be governor in another state that isn't new jersey. that's all ahead tonight. but we start tonight with prince harry.
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and we start with prince harry because we can. here is prinsz harry getting 26,000 people to do the wave. and i will warn you, he calls it the mexican wave, but that he gets them all to do it, right after he convinces them all to put down their drinks first. >> if you've got a drink, put it on the floor. no spillages. we're going to do a mexican wave from the front to the back. put your drinks down. from the front to the back, one, two, three, go. >> prince harry asking 26,000 people to do the wave. front of the staid jum to the back of the stadium. but he is salve ri enough to know the consequences of that request will be, in his words, spillage, unless everybody puts down their drink before they try to wave their arms 234 the air.
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a very smart prince. that happened last night in london at the closing ceremony of something called the invictus games. in the united states, there's something called the warrior games. prince harry is in the british army, that's included him serving in afghanistan. he's a big supporter of veterans. apparently, after seeing injured service members compete in the united states, he went home and founded basically a companion event. it's called the invictus games that took place over the last four days in london. more than 400 wounded service members competing from 13 different countries. they used the facilities from the london summer o limpics for the venues. >> the red arrows flying low to open a spectacle of competitive sport. members of the royal family were there. and, most notably on this
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occasion, harry. these are his games. the invictus games, a gathering of men and women from the military of different nations who suffered life-changing injuries. a small team from afghanistan led the parade of athletes, soldiers injured on the battle field for whom sport has been a vital aid to recovery. >> as solemn and inspiring as the games were, you could tell at the end of four days of these games in london, the organizers, including prince harry himself, they were a little loose. they were a little willing to bend the royal rules. i think him going off script to the press yesterday about something the royal family in britain is not supposed to be weighing in on. the prince was asked by the
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press last night where he thought the next games should be held. and he said this. he said we've got america showing interests for 2016. we've got canada showing interest nor 2017. so the question is, what do we do next year for 2015? i would love to keep it in the u.k. follow up quill? where, specifically, in the u.k. would he like to keep the games? he had a suggestion in mind. he said how about glasgow? that would be a great way to keep them in the u.k. put them in skotland, for now, scottland is part of the u.k. the royal family, when they're beloefed and when they're not, they're expected to remain strictly neutral. and the question of whether or not scotland is going to be a part of the u.k. anymore, that is an acutely political question right now. 2 referendum is this thursday for scotland to decide whether it is going to vote no and stay on the u.k. or whether they're going to vote yes and become
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their own, independent country. something like 97% of the scottish population over the age of 16 is registered to vote in this referendum on thursday. 97%. skotsland says he hopes the queen would stay on. he says she could be elizabeth, queen of scots. there's some precedent for that. it's not clear that would work again. the further the queen herself has been willing to go in talking about the referendum is to allow hrs. to be overheard yesterday while she told someone after a church service, "i hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week. so she's definitely keeping her cards close. but there's her grandson saying next year in glasgow. everybody do the wave.
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until recently, everybody thought that the independent campaign had a shot. it's looked like a tie or maybe even a yes vote narrowly leading. so the british government and the other powers that be who do not want the u.k. to break up, they are now, right now, pulling out all the stops to try to stop the independent side from winning. the pro-independence, the vote yes side, they know they have the moe men testimony heading into the vote. they're all of these experts coming north from england to scotland to say please, vote no. but that charge of desperation that is a charge the british prime minister is got running from anymore. the british prime minister is calling himself, desperate at this point. today, he posted this on facebook. it says i desperately want our family of nations to stay together. it would be heartbreaking to wake up on friday morning to the end of the country we love. and, today, in scotland, prime
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minister david cameron did hishearted felt begging in person. >> for the people of scott land to walk away now would be like painstakingly building a home and then walking out the door and throwing away the keys. so i would say to everyone voting on thursday, please, remember, this isn't just any old country. this is the ewe nighted kingdom. this is our country. >> that is about as emotional as upper crust british politicians get. but this is an emotional time for that country. it is an emotional time for the prime minister itself if david cameron is the prime minister on whose watch the country breaks apart. there is a growing expectedation he will be forced out as prime minister. even with the very close polling on the issue and the expectation of near 100% voter turn out, there is a large chunk of the scottish population that says
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they are still undecidesed as to how they're going to vote. so that means, the next 48 hours 1 basically going to be no sleep, right? no holds barred. con sfant campaigning trying to sway every last voter in skotland before they go to the polls on wednesday. this is a very high-stakes, emotional time. and it happens at the same time the u.k. is facing an important foreign policy challenge and an important terrorist challenge. isis released another video of, yet, another beheading. their first video showed the killing of an american journalist, jim foley. in that video, they threatened to kill a second video. and then they threatened to kill a british man named david haines. this video showed the killing of david haines and showed a threat to kill another british hostage, a man named allen henning. he was in his late 40s and
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working in syria as an aid worker and this terrorist group says they plan to kill him next. david cameron made a televised address. they made the last 18 months with extraordinary courage. and now david has been murdered in the most callous and brutal way imaginable. we have to confront this menace. we support their efforts. british tornadoes and surveillance aircraft have been helping. he closed by saying this is not something we d do on our own. we have to work with the rest of the world. ultimately, our security as a nation, the way we go about our everyday lives in this free and tolerant nation that is britain against those who stand for hay hatred and destruction and that is exactly what we will do.
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david cameron said that in a televised address in the u.k. last night. that is some of what is going on in the u.k. right now. as the u.k. simultaneously considering this week whether that vote will secede from their union. i mean, if you have ever wanted the job of being british prime minister, let's say you saw some great mini series and you've ever wanted to be prime minister, this week is not one of those weeks that you might fant size about having that job. beyond that incredibly difficult debate in the u.k., a lot of external issues 234 the u.k. and beyond what's going on here at home, the response to isis basically continues on three levels right now. the first level is diplomatic. secretary of state john kerry was in paris for an international summit designed to skurts commitments to contribute to the fight against isis. this summit today follows a
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similar summit of countries hosted in saudi arabia last week. u.s. officials said yesterday that aufrs from the arab world so far, specifically, include offers to carry out air strikes against isis. although no muslim governments are peting if they're saying that behind the scenes. so the effort to have an international coalition for action against isis, that's one level of response so far, the diplomatic level. the second level of the response is military, already. the pentagon confirming late tonight that this is a newly expanded military effort in iraq now. we're up over 160 air strikes overall. and what the pentagon just released tonight, they're describing two air strike that is took place yesterday and today. and what's notable about these is that they have a different strategy behind them. the personality gone saying tonight, "the air strikes southwest of baghdad was the first strike taken as part of
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our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian plans to hit isil targets" as outlined in the president's speech last wednesday. the strikes destroyed 6 isil vehicles south west of baghdad that was firing on iraqi personnel. all aircraft exited the strike areas safely. so military efforts had been stopping the key infrastructure, now they're saying they're hunting down isis missions and bombing them there. this newly expanded military effort, newly expanded air strikes in iraq and fighting i,sis on the ground. but yet there's a third response. that's the political level here in our oun country and how that
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is going to play out, really, is anyone's guest. this is fast-moving in terms of the politics here. they came back from a long weekend to start considering isis. they initially were going to have a meeting tomorrow. congress has now decided to put that vote off until wednesday at the earliest, even though they wanted to vote tomorrow. secretary of defense chuck hagel and martin dempsey is scheduled to testify tomorrow. and the house may want to listen carefully while they are speaking. as recently as last summer, martin dempsey had written this letter to congress warning congress about the risks of choosing rebels to support in syria. this letter said, "the risks include extremists gaining access to capableties, retaliatory border attacks or our inadd ver tant association with war crimes, due to vetting
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difficulties. we try to vet those rebels. the decision of whether or not to arm syrian rebel groups 1 not an easy decision. if it was an easy call, congress could have made that decision last year. it might lead to all sorts of horrible results. but the arming the rebel's question is something that congress thinks 1 an easier question than authorizing the u.s. military action that's already happening against isis and that the president said he is expanding. today, congressman adam shift swro deuced the latest resolution that would have congress authorize military force in iraq. his resolution would authorize it for 18 months. but such is the state of our politics on war and peace right now as a country. but the big question for our
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congress is not even whether your member of congress would vote yes or no to using force on a resolution like adam shifts. the big question in washington is whether you your member of congress would even like to vote at all. one way or the other on this rapidly expanding military operation. or whether they'd just like to pretend that it's none of their business and the president does this stuff alone on his own say-so. and here's just one more thought as congress considers how much they really want to tlie to duck this question. a new poll just came out today on how the american public feels about fighting against isis. and the top line results on that poll are very interesting. i'm not sure i expected this. democratic support president obama's plan for using military force against isis. republicans support president for what the president says he wants to do in terms of using force against isis. keep that many mind. then, look at this. ask the public which broadly supports fighting isis, ask them what they think the effect will be of us doing that? what will be the effect of the u.s. taking military action against isis.
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do you think it will make us more likely to face a terrorist attack here at home, or do you think it will make us safer here at home? in this same poll. way more people believe it will make us more likely to be attacked here at home if we take military action here against isis. but, still, the public broadly supports taking that military action. i told you these politics are changing fast. joining us now is andrew basovijc. he's currently a fellow at columbia university. he's currently the author of breech of trust, how americans failed their soldiers and their country, as well as a number of other books, all of which i have read and liked very much. >> how is the debate going so far? you've been a pretty harsh critic of how well we debate matters of war and peace in our country now. how 1 this debate going? >> i have think this confirms how peaceful the congress is. i mean, you've made the point that they are roughening away from the president's initiative.
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we're facing an off-year election in another what? less than two months? but it seems to me that it's very unfortunate. over the course of the past basically 60-70 years. well, going back to the korean war. we've developed this habit of deferring to the chief executive to dpds matters of war and peace. many people say that we need to reverse that. this is a chance to do that. and the congress won't fulfill its responsibleties in that regard. i think it's appalling. >> so far, they are not fulfilling their responsibleties. you do see individual members starting to swro deuce proposed resolutions to authorize the use of force. we don't yet know if they're going to vote on it. it seems like what they're going to view on first is the specific question of su porting syrian
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rebel groups against isis. >> which is a peripheral issue. the main issue is shall we, once again, engage in the iraq war? and the president is clear that he wants to do that. al bee it in a certain way, emphasizing air power, but promising not to use ground troops. but any way you cut it, it's a war. and congress ought to be the body that decides whether or not we're going to go to war. >> as they do consider this, as you put it, this peripheral issue, about arming syrian rebels, my sense, just as a political observer, is that they've hived that off and put that first for two reasons. one, they think it's an easier question. >> but it's not. >> and also, if they think they vote on that bs that might think they're voting on the issue and then they don't have to move on to the separate issue, that is an american war.
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i wonder what your sense is of the american public's side of that calculation. american's support action against isis. we are appalled by what this organization to get done. and, so, i think that evokes a popular sense of we need to do something to pay these people back. on the other hand, the american people, i think, have a larger appreciation that are military efforts in the middle east. they've failed. so they're not eager to be a big war. frankly, i think the president also appreciates that. he, on the one hand, says we're
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going to degrade and defeat isis. and, on the other hand, don't worry, i promise i'm not going to commit u.s. ground troops, which is a way of assuring u.s. americans will be able to make this commitment a limited one. scratch that itch, make people feel like something is being done. in fact, do something without starting another war. or do we automatically reflex toward war when we want an action. >> well, we do. to me,this is the subject i wished that the discourse here -- i don't think the question is what to do about isis. if we could magically destroy isis tomorrow, we would defeat them tomorrow.
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the conditions that gave rise to isis would still exist. what do you want to call it? >> my view is, yes, let's go after isis. but let's not kid ourselves that if we destroy isis, we? how accomplish some larger purpose with regard to moving this region back from chaos towards some amount of stability. and that needs to be our goal. >> professor andrew bacevich, i should tell you, the professor has an online course. we have nfrgs on our web site if you'd like to learn more. andrew, thank you soo much. it's always good to see ewe. lots more ahead on tonight's show, including some latest news from tonight on the nfl's me
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torn morning is going to be a big morning, a bigger than big warning. we get the four most-exciting words in at-home viewing. watch supreme court live. exclamation point. the kansas supreme court live tomorrow morning exclamation point. and although i am sure orm arguments for the kansas supreme court are always exciting and worth watching, the arguments tomorrow morning are not only going to be great, they're actually kind of a big deal. and you can watch them live. the high court of kansas is due to hear oral arguments on what could be a critical race on who
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controls the united states senate for the rest of the obama presidency. the court is going to decide whether the kansas senate election can be a two-way race between a republican incouple bant and an independent or whether they're going to force this to be an unwilling three-way race. this is the race for repub ri can senator pat roberts. because there is a strorng independent in the race, it looks like he may have a shot at beating pat roberts. the democratic kand cat wants to drop out of the race. however, kansas republican secretary of state says he didn't fill out his paperwork in exactly the right way so he's not allowed to quit: if the court forces this to be a three-way race, then the polling says pat roberts looks to be on his way to winning re-election. even though he's pretty unpopular.
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if the democrat can drop out in a two-way race, the popping says the ind pen dent can beat pat roberts. if so, republicans hope wills get much, much shakier. and, so, yes, i've checked. and i can tell you, that the kansas supreme court online streaming countdown chloric is rolling right now. the court battle kicksoff at 10:00 a.m. eastern, 9:00 local time. control of the united states sfat potentially at stake. what's happening now in bright red kansas has been a fascinating story with this three-way, two-way race. but kansas is not the only place where something that weird is happening. we have seen the exact same thing happen in alaska this month. the democrat in alaska also decided to quit the race because it offered a better chance for unseating the incouple bant republican.
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but in alaska, the democratic candidate for governor quit the race for governor but, instead, signed onto run for lieutenant governor with the same guy he used to be splitting the vote. in 5:00 action, the democrats and the independents have formed a rare fusion ticket. in kansas, they're trying to get the democrat out of the race all together so it can just be the independent versus the republican. this is kind of a thing this year in politics. we've got it happening in kansas and we've got it happening in alaska. because the rule of trifecta never fails me, there may be a similar dynamic emerging in maine. paul lapage. he won the gubernatorial election in may last time with just 38% of the vote.
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and the reason paula page was able to become governor of maine with nowhere near a majority volt was because the vote in that race split. an independent named elliot cuttler was a couple of points behind him. and the democrat just got womped in that race. that created the amazing and often surreal experience of maine having a tea party governor. now he's running for election. and this time around, that same ind pen dent candidate, elliot cuttler, is back in the race. but this time, the democratic candidate has a better chance of winning. at least that's what the polls look like. a new poll out yesterday says leading the field by a single point. that's him in the center there. the independent, elliot cuttler making his second bid, he's only drawing 11% of the vote. by if this were a two-way race, then the democrat is already
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ahead by four. half the people who say they'd vote for the independent got in a three-way race. half say if it ended up being a two-way competition, that would be enough. so same dynamic at work here? i should tell you that the independent in maine, his campaign says he will not quit the race no matter what. he doesn't view himself as a spoiler. it should be noted that he did finish a very close second in 2010. but in politics, nobody ever says they'll quit the race until they kwit the race. independents and democrats have decided to pull on the same side of the tug of war in order to defeat incouple bant republicans this year in the senate race and the alaska race this year. are they going to do so in the maine governor's race, as well. this is a new thing emerging for this year's elections. how many states is this going to happen in? watch the space. time is running out.
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this is the weather report for the city of indianapolis. it's calling for temperatures of 62 degrees but a steady mix of rain and thunderstorms pretty much throughout the night. sort of a rainy, unsettled mess. i am clearly not a weather person. we don't usually do local weather reports on this show. but, tonight, in indianapolis,
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it's sort of an international story. it mean that is this banner will not be flying over lucas oil stadium between the indianapolis kolts and the philadelphia eagles. this banner, you see it in red there? it says hash taggoodell must go? this pan banner was set to be flying over the stadium tonight during the colts-eagles game. naturally, the goodell in the goodell must go banner is roger goodell. he's the commissioner of the nfl. while that sign will not fly above the skies of indianapolis tonight, it did fly over three yesterday in cleveland, san francisco and new jersey. the banners were the work of women's rights nonprofit group called ultraviolet. an activist group along with the kmashl commission for women has called on roger goodell to resign over his handling of the nfl's ray rice situation. initially handing down a two-game suspension on rice after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.
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but the pressure that is building 1 no longer just about the ray rice situation. the nfl also has an adrian peterson situation. adrian peterson is a real football star. everybody in the nfl is really good. peeterson is a star running back for the minnesota vikings. he was indicted lags week on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. at my decision, we have opted not to show you the images of the injuries to the 4-year-old boy. he was hitting the boy with a switch, a thin, wooden rod, which is usually a tree branch. he's report today have suffered unspecified injuries from the beating. adrian peterson turned himself in to police in texas this week epd. he post.a $15,000 bond. that happened on saturday. and then when the vikings played
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against the patriots on sunday, the vikings held adrian peterson out of the game. he didn't play. today, despite the indictment, despite his star player being out on bond, today, he will practice and play with his team in this week epd's game. >> this is a very important issue. i want to take time to emphasize that the issue of child welfare is extremely serious and should be taken serious not only by us, but by everybody. we are trying to do the right thing. this is a difficult path to navigate, regarding the judgment of how a parent disciplines his child. based on the extensive information that we have right now, and what we know about adrian not only as a person but what he has done for this community, he deserves to play
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while the legal process plays out. >> he deserves to pray. if you run an nfl team or if you're a coach or an owner, this is sort of the new normal. monday's prez conferences used to be for talking about the game. but, now, the nfl press core is asking questions about team policies and league policies concerning star players who beat their wives and children and the question of whether or not teams are going to let their star players play while under felony indictment. or after they've been convicted. greg hardy was convicted on two counts of domestic violence in july. greg hardy is appealing that conviction. his team allowed him to play pending the appeal after his conviction. then, this past weekend, they decided that they were going to
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bench him. today, greg hardy's coach released him shifting to the response of that situation. >> greg is with the team. i mean, we're in a situation where, obviously, we're going to go through this week and evaluate. the circumstances and situation. in light of a lot of things that have happened, we're going to kobt to gather nfrgs on. this is a very fluid situation, guys. we'll see what happened. >> in a new information since you guys played him in week one and saturday him in week 2 -- >> i don't think it's so much new information as things that changed in the climate. >> this is a mess. it's all of these teams dealing with all of these domestic violence issues with no apparent rhyme or reason for how they're dealing with them. ray rice gets a two-game suspension and then ultimately an indefinite suspension for his domestic assault. he's allowed to play a game and
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then he gets benched and not because of anything because of him but because of a changing climate. now he is clear to play next weekend. here's ray mcdonald who was arrested on suspicion of battering his pregnant fiance. there's no reason to believe anyone will change in that regard this coming weekend. his court appearance has been postponed until later this month. that's four incidents and four teams. this is a multi-billion dollar industry.
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the premier cultural institution of the united states of america in the 21st century. there's now a white hot spot on the nfl. roger goodell has chosen to deal with that spotlight by disappearing. he attended last night's football game of san francisco's grand opening of the multi-multi-million dollar stadium. but roger goodell, in the end, was a no show. we're in a situation, obviously, where we're going to go through this week and evaluate.
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we're in a situation, obviously, where we're going to go through this week and evaluate. the circumstances, the situation. in light of a lot of things that have happened, you know, we're going to continue to gather information on chlts this is a very fluid situation, guys. and we'll see what happens. >> very fluid situation. carolina panthers ron rivera struggling to answer one of the many questions he's now facing about how much of a domestic abuse problem is too much of a domestic abuse problem when et comes to deciding whether or not guilty you get to play football in the national football league.
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a sports enterprise reporter for the boston globe, ms. springer, thanks very much for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> so is this chaos at this point? or is there a method to the madness that i do not see? as far as i can tell, it's ray rice indefinitely suspended, ray mcdonald out on bail, playing, greg hardy, convicted, playing in game one, but not in game two. now, adrian peterson, indicted, not in for game one but back in for game two. >> it feels like chaos to me, too. there is no rhyme or reason to any of these punishments, any of the stances the team has taken. that lack logic. to say it's a fluid situation for a player that's been convicted is laughable. it just seems teams don't nope what they're doing. the league doesn't know what they're doing and they're grasping at straws because they're in total crisis management at this point.
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>> in terms of the nfl's response, we heard today that they're hiring or promoting four women to serve as advisors in shaping the league's stance on doe mesic violence. do you see that as a substantive move? is this improving the masthead sort of decision? or is this something that might change the way the league is behaving? >> i think it might change the way the league is behaving because of one woman in particular, lisa friel. she was the head of the sex crimes prosecutions in the massachusetts -- massachusetts, rather manhattan district attorney's office. and i have spoken to people who have worked for her in that office and they have nothing but praise for her. more importantly, they say she is a woman who can speak truth to power, who will speak her mind and will not fear telling goodell or the owners, for that matter, what they need to hear and maybe don't want to hear about various sexual abuse cases
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that come across her desk. she's going to be in charge of the investigative wing of the nfl's new policy. i am hopeful with more strict investigations into these matters, more thorough investigations, that there will be more fitting punishments and more rhyme and reason to those funnishments. >> i have a person who follows football enough to be a fan, but i -- before these scandals, never paid attention to the administration of football. is a weird thing that roger goodell was a no-show at the sunday game in san francisco yesterday? he was expected today be there, as far as i heard. >> yeah, he was expected to be there. and the owner of the 49ers, id believe up until saturday afternoon, believed he was coming. so, yeah, it is weird. i know when you're putting out, opening these billion dollar stadiums, you want the commissioner there. at least you used to want the commissioner there.
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now, that may not be the case. >> thanks for helping us understand this. very help 68. thanks a lot. >> we've got lots more to come, including a best new thing in the world. and you know you need it. we'll be right back. we used to have so many empty rolls!
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pieces of paper, because one and one third pieces of paper is what every senator gets for every constituent in his home state. that's how much paper they're issued. this is what you mean to them. and the reason we know that is awesome. it's brand new. we never knew it before today. and it is by far the best new thing in the world today. and that story is coming. hold on.
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okay. best new thing in the world today, i love this one, god bless you usa today. look at their headline today. senate has a secret book of rules. oh, really? tell me more. usa today obtained and published something that has never been made public. it's the official handbook of how to be a united states senator. this is a real thing. and apparently, it's so secret that the united states library of congress doesn't have a copy of it. apparently this handbook's been around forever. before today it was always secret. it's basically a reference guide for everything senators need to know. what constitutes an appropriate expenditure on travel or a map of all the parking lots that you can park in as a senator. and then there's this, quote, music on hold is available as an alternative to silence.
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comfort secretaries may select one hold music source from the options. there is something that was a secret rule about. we called that number listed in the handbook today that offered senate leaders their choice of hold music. this is what happens when you call that number. >> welcome to the senate music hold selection line. your four selections choices are as follows. press one for classical. press two for environmental. press three for patriotic or press four for country western. four different choices. let's go with environmental. >> sample environmental music. ♪
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>> why is that environmental? anyway, maybe something with a little more edge. >> sample country western music. >> yes, hit it. ♪ >> yes. that last one, if you are listening closely is the country classic "she thinks my tractor's sexy." and if you've ever had the pleasure of being put on hold, "she thinks my tractor's sexy ". . you can classify them as country and western, environmental or classical. senator patty murray is classical. john barrasso picked patriotic music.
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a lot of brass. so did house speaker john boehner. he went with the patriotic category. we also know how your senator's office gets its paper. they get an amount of paper by dictate of the senate, according to a very strict formula. each member gets one and one third pieces of paper for every adult constituent in their state. so if you're from california, that means barbara boxer and dianne feinstein have more than 30 million pieces of paper per office. much less for wyoming, right? if you were ever wondering how your senator decorates his or her office, a little help from the u.s. botanical garden. each is that thor is allowed to borrow up to six plants from our national botanical garden annually but no more than three plants at a time. no hoarding the plants! it used to be secret, but usa today published it.
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it is the best new thing today. that does it for us tonight. that's it for us tonight. see you again tomorrow. "first look" is up next. good tuesday morning, everybody. right now on "first look," it is a race against time as a wildfire forces 1,500 from their homes along the california/oregon border, and that is just one of many western blazes. today, president obama assigns 3,000 military personnel and $500 million in the fight against ebola, calling it a top national security priority. u.s. leaders implement a new strategy against isis with air strikes near baghdad. plus, big companies, big money. beginning to speak out against the nfl. the hottest august on record? and a big monday night comeback. good morning, and thanks for joining us, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. we do have some breaking news. it's about a firefight. this morning, new

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